Vision

The Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, housed at the University of Virginia, aims to help people think better about religion. Drawing on the expertise of scholars at U.Va and beyond, it supports public debates and research projects on topics of religion of great public significance, from all the major religious traditions of the world. In so doing, it honors Thomas Jefferson’s belief that well-informed, respectful, and daring discussions are crucial for the well-being of civil society. Undergraduates interested in religion are particularly supported, challenged, and mentored by the VCSR through its events and Undergraduate Fellows program, enabling them to achieve thoughtful and imaginative discussion of religion in their future professions.

The VCSR is affiliated with Department of Religious Studies, which is the largest religious studies department among public universities in the United States, and offers an undergraduate major as well as a full program of graduate studies across religious traditions.